Teens post ‘Here I am Pics’ and ‘Kik me @’

Kik me at 2The number of tweens and teens posting a Selfie on Instagram or Tumblr is exponentially growing.  Worse, is their propensity to add: ‘kik me @…….’ broadcasting their private contact details to the world.  Once on Kik Messenger the conversation becomes private and basically untraceable.  I need you to talk to them about this!  They are essentially putting their phone number and address in the public domain for anyone to contact them. This is quite apart from the fact that Kik Users must be 17+ now! 

In this article in The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram 12-year-old Kyle is a typical example.  The paper reports that, ‘His full name,  his middle school in Gaithersburg, Md., and his favorite Montgomery  County hangouts were on public display before his parents put a stop to  it.

Technically, Kyle wasn’t supposed to be on Instagram, the mobile  app owned by Facebook. The company’s policy sets the minimum age at 13.  But Kyle said he was able to join easily, no questions asked. Within  minutes of setting up his account last fall, he was uploading “selfies”  of his cherubic face and blond mop top, and tagging photos of friends  with their names.

Kyle is among the underage users flocking to Instagram, a trend that’s creating a new social problem for Facebook.

The  photo-sharing service is seeing tremendous growth, doubling in size to  100 million users in about a year. But child advocates and some parents  say too much of its rise has been driven by preteens or even younger  kids.’

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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2 Responses to Teens post ‘Here I am Pics’ and ‘Kik me @’

  1. Pingback: 14 year old NSW girl lured to Victoria by 17 year old boy via Kik | iCyberSafe.com – Living in a Connected World

  2. Good write-up. I certainly appreciate this site.
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